LG to unveil latest AI-powered TVs at CES

Yolanda Curtis
January 6, 2019

The α9 Gen 2 processor will also be inside the company's 75-inch 8K LCD TV (SM99) available later this year.

LG is employing a first-party component called the "Alpha 9 (α9) Gen 2 intelligent processor", as well as deep learning algorithms to enhance its TV sets. The LG is also continuing its partnership with Amazon in 2019, with all its new ThinQ models featuring support for Alexa, Amazon's voice-controlled personal assistant app. Users can adjust sound settings to suit room conditions or let their LG TV intelligently set the ideal levels based on its positioning.

In a news release, LG announced six TV ranges, including the Z9, W9, E9 and C9 series OLED TVs, and the SM9X and SM8X series LCD TVs.

In addition to using the visual image depicted by the TV, the processor uses the TV's ambient light sensor to measure light levels in the room, automatically adjusting brightness to compensate as needed.

Additionally, by leveraging Dolby's latest imaging innovation, which intelligently adjusts Dolby Vision content, the TVs deliver HDR with varying ambient light.

LG won't be the first to bring 8K TVs to market, but it will be the first to include HDMI 2.1 ports on all of its OLED TVs, as well as select LCD TVs.

Furthermore, the sound quality is augmented by an intelligent algorithm that can up-mix two-channel audio to deliver convincing virtual 5.1 surround sound. While Samsung beat LG to the market with an 8K set, having released the Q900R late a year ago, LG is finally ready to ship its own 8K TV to end-users. LG's flagship TVs will also include Dolby Atoms for greater sound quality. The new LCD displays will provide colour accuracy in wide viewing angle and an ultra-narrow thin bezel, said LG.

All LG 2019 Tv line-up will come with HDMI 2.0 for a faster frame rate of up to 120fps. There's also support for variable refresh rate (VRR) and automatic low latency mode (ALLM), which should benefit gamers.

A lot of these settings and feature have been around for a while in PC monitors and speakers, so it's nice to see them come to high-end TVs where they can improve on the TV watching experience.

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